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Discover CraftNOW

Discover CraftNOW

11 September 2019

Contributed by CraftNOW

Celebrating 5 Years of CraftNOW

In celebration of CraftNOW’s fifth anniversary, the arts organization has assembled a collection of works by over 20 Philadelphia artists responding to the theme of Philadelphia as a Craft Capital. The exhibition will be part of the auction and raffle during CraftNOW's fall fundraising event on September 26!

Stacey Lee Webber; Embroidered Bills: Green French Knots, 2018. Five dollar bill, thread, canvas, custom wood frame. 9 x 7 x 2 in.

The fall event will take place at The Deacon, previously home to the First African Baptist Church and since transformed into a unique boutique hotel and event space. CraftNOW invites you to discover the important history and handcrafted details of The Deacon, which include the original stained-glass windows along with other fine elements of the architecture.

Join Lounge Chair donated by Edgewood Made

Craft Capital

CraftNOW honors Philadelphia’s enduring devotion to craft by exploring the theme Craft Capital, celebrating Philadelphia’s long history as a center of fine craft in the United States. CraftNOW works to raise visibility of the current craft renaissance, showcase the discipline’s economic impact, and help to push craft into the future through innovation.

Craft Capital: Philadelphia's Cultures of Making is available for preorder on

Through a series of visual and written contributions by local scholars and curators, CraftNOW’s second publication Craft Capital: Philadelphia’s Cultures of Making explores the city’s concentration of skilled makers, evolving relationship to its own history, and more.

Edited by Glenn Adamson, Craft Capital: Philadelphia’s Cultures of Making will be released by Schiffer Publishing in October and is available for preorder on

Craft Capital Symposium Keynote Speaker Michelle Millar Fisher

Craft Capital 2019 Event Highlights

CraftNOW throughout the month of November will activate Philadelphia in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. CraftNOW presents the theme Craft Capital to visitors as a means of discovering the resources throughout Philadelphia.

CraftMONTH First Friday
Nov. 1
Tour Old City galleries from 5-8 p.m. before joining to celebrate with area curators and artists from 8-10 p.m. for the inaugural Craft Industry Night. Follow @CraftNOWPHL on Instagram for the location and more details.

The 43rd Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show
Nov. 8-10
This premier show and sale of contemporary craft held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center will include 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, along with 26 guest artists from Israel.

CraftNOW Annual Symposium
Nov. 8
Noon-6 p.m.
The Annual Symposium at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Rhoden Arts Center will provide a platform for critical discourse in contemporary craft. The keynote Crafting a Moral Compass will be delivered by Michelle Millar Fisher.

CraftNOW Create
Nov. 9
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Explore free, family-friendly and hands-on activities at the Kimmel Center, including works in clay, wood, textiles and more.

Second Thursday, Crane Arts
Nov. 14
InLiquid and eight other galleries open their doors every second Thursday at one of Philadelphia’s most renowned makerspaces.

WheatonArts Tour
Nov. 16
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Discover glassworks at the WheatonArts and Cultural Center in Millville, N.J. Julie Courtney will conduct a curator’s tour of Emanation in the Museum of American Glass, followed by a live demonstration and performance.

Craft Forms
Dec. 6
6 -9 p.m.
CraftNOW closes out November programming by highlighting the opening reception for Wayne Art Center’s Craft Forms 2019: An International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft.

Discover CraftNOW's Fall Calendar of Events